A policeman, whose identity was yet to be confirmed, has been reportedly killed during a shoot-out that ensued between the police and members of a deadly armed robbery gang in Iwo last Thursday.
The dare-devil armed robbers, who stormed four banks opposite the Bowen University, Iwo, at around 10 am, shot sporadically into the air to scare away residents of the area before gaining entry into the banks, it was learnt.
According to residents of the area who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER under anonymity, the armed robbers came with two white coloured hummer buses, just as they were armed with sophisticated weapons.
The armed robbers attacked First Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Sterling Bank and Skye Bank. It was gathered that policemen were immediately dispatched to the area on hearing about the bank raid, a situation that led to gun battle between the policemen and the armed robbers.
Sources confided in the medium that a policeman was gunned down, while some residents of the area were hit by stray bullets.
The armed robbers, however, escaped through a road leading to a neighbouring community, Olupanna with their loots carted from the four banks, said the sources.
Shop owners closed their various shops, while the authority of the Bowen University reportedly closed down their school gate.
Police Public Relations Officers, Mr. Taiwo Olugbotemi, confirmed the robbery incidents, saying that the force was on top of the situation.
Olugbotemi also stated that he was unaware of the killing of a policeman during the shoot-out.
Public Relations Officer of the BowenUniversity, Mr. Gboyega Aderoju, while speaking with OSUN DEFENDER during a telephone interview said none of the students of the institution was injured during the bank raid.
Aderoju refuted the rumour that students of the university were killed at the entrance gate of the institution.
He said the authority of the institution is committed to the safety of lives and property of the students and staff of the institution.